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Get ready for another acronym - HATS (Host Access Transformation Server). Let's begin with a notional conversation - an "elevator pitch" of sorts - between two IT managers, Jim and Dennis. JIM: Hey Dennis, I hear that we can now create journal entries from our intranet. How is that possible? Did we contract that same outfit to build us another application? DENNIS: Not really; we're using WebSphere HATS. JIM: Never heard of it. What exactly is that? DENNIS: Oh, it's very slick. It's an extendable framework that can transform legacy application screens into Web browser content - in real time. You can now click your way through journal forms in a browser instead of special-keying your way around the 3270 emulator. Over 60% of the world's software systems are considered legacy: so-called "green-screen" applications - with line-oriented user interfaces, generally hosted... (more)